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Best Brickell Gyms

Get your fitness on at some of the best places in the Brickell area to work up a sweat! Whether its strength training, cycling, yoga, martial arts, etc this list will provide you with the best of the best.


RedBike Studio

Cycling

RedBike is a place that is “born, bred, and inspired by Miami.” The epitome of a true Miami cycling experience, RedBike infuses Miami culture in their all-Latin RumbaRides featuring synchronized club lights and bouncing tunes that will give you a South Beach vibe. At RedBike workouts are full-body, high-intensity, and rhythm-based cardio. The aim is to maximize calorie burn, accelerates fat loss, build strength, and develop lean muscle tone. The fun-loving and party- like environment will inspire you to reach your fitness goals.

Society Fitness

Multifunctional Gym

At Society Fitness members are privy to a truly outstanding all encompassing fitness experience. Located just a few steps from the majestic Miami River Society Fitness is the premier fitness destination of Brickell residents. The beautiful 3,600 sq. ft. functional fitness facility at Society Fitness is perfect for on-the-go business professionals, athletes and everyone in between who have a passion for living life, staying active, and achieving fitness goals. Society Fitness is a community and they believe that the beauty of training shouldn’t end with the physical improvements to your body but also developing friendships that will last long after you’ve surpassed your fitness goals in a beautiful atmosphere.

Loop

Pilates

Loop takes the pilates to a whole new level. Often coined as “Pilates on Steroids” by true fans, the workouts at Loop are high intensity, safe on the joints and one of the best ways of training your body and building a powerful core and lean muscle. The most well-known workout at Loop is 50-minutes of intense total-body done on the MegaFormer using slow and controlled movements to work your slow-twitch muscle fibers to failure. It may seem intimidating at first but the results are amazing. Not only do you burn an average of 600 calories per class, but for the next 20-24 hours after class, your metabolism is increased so your body can repair the muscles. The beauty is that the workout is designed for all fitness levels. 

CKO Kickboxing

Martial Arts

Kickboxing is one of the most grueling but rewarding fitness activities and CKO Kickboxing is the perfect place to get your martial arts moves on. At CKO Kickboxing be prepared to burn fat, reduce stress, and tone your body to the max by punching and kicking real heavy bags. Fitness Kickboxing is one of the best fat-burning cardio exercises with up to 1,200 calories burned during just a one hour class. CKO Kickboxing offers exciting, fun, and engaging group fitness classes and keep the punches and kicks basic to focus on the fitness aspect of your workout. The beauty at CKO is that their kickboxing classes are for both beginner and advanced levels so each member can grow and evolve at their own pace while having a fabulous experience. 

EPIC Interval Training

Strength Training

EPIC is a innovative circuit-style fitness program that is the perfect mixture of fitness and creativity producing optimal results. At EPIC members start with a foundation of body weight exercises, cardio and strength training with mobility drills to recover and restore your body. Like many of the fitness centers on this list EPIC’s program has levels so that anyone can partake in their interval training. EPIC has also been rated one of the most creative and inspiring workouts by various national media outlets. At EPIC they say, “EPIC is more than just a fitness program, it’s an experience!”

exhale

Yoga

Located conveniently in the contemporary and chic EPIC Hotel and Residences, exhale Downtown Miami is the ultimate wellbeing and fitness destination. This premier location provides members with a full schedule of tremendous Barre, Cardio, Yoga, and HIIT classes and workouts. The gym  is full of amenities and massive in size enhancing the workout experience. One of the great perks is the full floor of spa therapy rooms that provide renowned massages, facials, acupuncture, manicures, pedicures, and waxing. Begin or end your exhale experience with a moment to relax and rewind at the coed sauna, calming zen lounge, and private infrared saunas.




fit blonde holding exercise ball looking at sea on the beach

Don’t Make 2017 Fitness Resolutions Unless You Consider These 5 Things

Oh, hello there! Are you a little heavier after all of the holiday festivities?

Me too, lol.  

Don’t stress about it. Let’s just get our game faces ready for 2017. In fact, what do you say we enjoy one last cheat meal before we kick things off,  shall we? My indulgence is going to be two double cheeseburgers from Five Guys and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s: One last glorious and glutinous adventure before we all get back on the wagon!

In all seriousness, though, I hope you had an amazing holiday season and that are ready to CRUSH 2017. Which makes me wonder, how did your 2016 go? I’ve been seeing a lot of #f***2016 posts going around social media so it appears it didn’t go so well for everyone.

I hope that wasn’t the case for you. But if it was, you can still take the days ahead by the reigns. To help you do so, I wanted to share a couple things I’ve learned during my time as a personal trainer about goal setting—especially for the New Year. Did you know that only 8% of people hit the New Year’s Resolutions that they set? That’s a staggeringly low number!

So, here are some tips on how to make sure that you hit your goals in 2017.

1. Write your goals down: This will drastically increase the likelihood of achieving them.  Personally, I post mine on a wall above my desk and look at them every day.

2. Make your goals about more than money and weight loss. One thing that I’ve done for the past five years is write down Health, Financial, Business, Education, Toy, Adventure, Relationship and Contribution goals.  This categorization helps keep my life in balance and keeps me focused on all the life aspects I’m hoping to excel in.

3. Don’t make year-long resolutions and goals unless you’ve broken them down into smaller pieces. Many times people overwhelm themselves with what they would like to achieve over the course of the year and when they realize that they’re falling behind they just say “F-it.”  Break your goals down into daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly tasks, and it will be much easier for you to materialize what you want to achieve.

4. Visualize. Something I’ve found to be very helpful over the years is to imagine what I want to obtain.  I sit at my desk in the morning, and I take 3 -5 minutes to read my over my goals and create the mental picture of what it’s going to take to achieve those things, as well as what my life will look like when I do achieve them. This personal time puts me in an incredibly focused mindset every day.

5. Get mentors. In whatever area of life you are looking to grow, one of the fastest ways you can do this is to find someone in that field that is absolutely crushing it.  When I tell people what I spend yearly on mentorship programs, they usually think I’m crazy.  However, I’ve found that the most successful individuals in the world invest money and energy in doing the same. Be persistent and search out the more qualified people in the areas of your life in which you are looking to improve.

That being said, if you have some health and wellness goals this year my team and I over at ERA Fitness in Brickell would love to sit down and sketch out an exact plan of how you’re going to dominate your fat loss and muscle building goals this New Year!

Lastly, if you think your last cheat meal of the year is better than the one I mentioned above, please feel free to tag a picture of it on my FB Page ERA Fitness or my IG, _ericrichardallen_. I’m always looking for new and creative ways to break my diet. 

girl planking outside outdoors

The Best Places For An Outdoor Workout In & Around Brickell

Sometimes you just don’t want to go to the gym.

It’s not necessarily because you don’t want to workout, it’s simply because you want to GET OUT.  

Outside, that is.

Most of us spend so much of our day indoors that the very thought of spending another hour inside at the gym getting our sweaty on is downright exasperating.

Luckily, the area around Brickell provides a number of options where you can be outside, breathe some fresh air, and still get a killer workout. Here are the top three places I take my clients (ERA Fitness) around Brickell when they simply don’t want to be inside anymore–and some workouts to knockout in each location.

Museum Park

Museum Park is located just north of the AmericanAirlines Arena and south of the Perez Art Museum in Downtown.  It’s right on the water, beautifully landscaped, and has some pieces that can be used for a solid sweat session.

museum park map

Workout “Equipment” Available at Museum Park

  1. A long stretch of even grass that is perfect for sprinting.
  2. Stairs
  3. Park benches
  4. A small hill on the south side of the museum.

Suggested Museum Park Workout

A1.   Push Ups – As many reps as you can. (On a park bench or the grass.)

A2. Stairs – As many times as you can, up and down in two minutes.

A3. Burpees – 20 repetitions.

Complete A1 – A3 in sequence with no rest in between movements.  Rest for two minutes after A3.  Repeat this A1 – A3 sequence four times.

B1. Sprints

Bring a stopwatch and map out how far you can sprint (as fast as you can) for 30 seconds.  Once you’ve found how far that is, sprint that distance 6 – 14 times with two-minute rests in between.  The number of sprints you do will depend on your fitness level.

Alice Wainwright Park

Alice Wainwright Park just about has it all; a water view, a playground for the kids, a basketball court, a place to grill out, and a mini gymLocated just sound of the Miami Avenue off the Rickenbacker Causeway, it’s an easy spot to get to for anyone that lives in Brickell.

alice wainwright park map

 

Alice Wainwright Park Workout Equipment Available

  1. Assisted row and push up bars.
  2. Dip bar & pull up bar.
  3. Platforms to be used for “box jumps.”
  4. Ab crunch platform.
  5. Basketball court.

Alice Wainwright Park Suggested Workout

A1 Pull ups – As many reps as you can. If you can’t do a pull-up, step or jump your way into the top range of the pull-up position and lower yourself down for four seconds.

A2 Push ups – As many reps as you can (on the floor or the assisted push-up/ assisted row bars.)

A3 Squat jumps – As many reps as you can. Squat down to where your thighs are parallel to the floor and then use your arms to propel yourself as high as you can.

Repeat this sequence four times with no rest in between movements.  Rest for two minutes after A3.

B1 Row 45-degrees – As many reps as you can. With your palms facing up,  choose either the high or the low “assisted row bar” and place your body at a 45-degree angle.  Pull your chest to the bar.

B2 Crunches – As many reps as you can.  Lock your feet into the bars on the crunch machine, place your hands behind head, and bring your elbows to your knees.

B3 Burpees – 20 reps.

Repeat this sequence four times with no rest in between movements.  Rest for two minutes after B3.

Southside Park

This hidden gem goes unnoticed by a vast majority of Brickell dwellersSeriously, it’s right in everyone’s backyard, and almost no one knows it exists! Shameless plug: You can see my gym, ERA Fitness, located two blocks north.

southside park map brickell miami

Southside Park Workout Equipment Available

  1. Assisted row/pushup bars
  2. Pull up bar
  3. Platforms and park benches to be used for “box jumps.”
  4. Basketball court

Southside Park Suggested Workout

A1 Pull ups – As many reps as you can. If you can’t do a pull-up, step or jump your way into the top range of the pull-up position and lower yourself down four seconds.

A2 Push ups – As many reps as you can on the floor or the Assisted Push up/ assisted row bars.

A3 Squat jumps – As many reps as you can. Squat down to where your thighs are parallel to the floor and then use your arms to propel yourself as high as you can.

Repeat this sequence four times with no rest in between movements.  Rest for two minutes after A3.

B1. Row 45-degrees – As many reps as you can. With your palms facing up, choose either the high or the low “assisted row bar” and place your body at a 45-degree angle.  Pull your chest to the bar.

B2. Crunches – As many reps as you can.  Lock your feet into the bars on the crunch machine, place your hands behind head and bring your elbows to your knees.

B3. Box jumps” – 20 Reps. Jump on one of the park benches or platforms.   Make sure that you are capable and feel confident doing this because if you miss, the bench will show no mercy to your shins!

Repeat this sequence four times with no rest in between movements.  Rest for two minutes after B3

If you knock out the workouts above, I can assure you that you will start to burn fat and lean up.Lastly, if you want to really get in shape, give me (Eric Allen) a call over at ERA Fitness (Eric Allen) and we can set up a free 60-minute evaluation to go over your fitness goals and what might be holding you back.

 

miami woman jogging down pavement brickell

Brickell Run Club’s Top Picks For Running Routes In Brickell

From bridge-crossings to Bayside pathways, Brickell Miami offers something for everyone.

Brickell Avenue and Brickell Key

This particular route provides fantastic views almost the entire way. You can start from anywhere on Brickell Avenue and head eastbound on SE 8th Street: Take this street over the Brickell Avenue bridge into the condo enclave island known as Brickell Key. Once on the Key, you can take the full loop around the island’s paved perimeter. There is a drinking water fountain near a statue of a Tequesta Indian on the northeast corner of the island. This loop can get crowded, but it is worth taking for spectacular bay vantage points, including the Port of Miami, Brickell’s skyline, and the Rickenbacker Causeway.

MAP: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/28111470

 

The Rickenbacker Causeway

This is arguably Miami’s most popular running destination. I like to think of the Rickenbacker as Miami’s unique version of New York City’s Central Park—just entirely surrounded by bright blue water. This area is referred to by locals as “Key Biscayne,” but it officially known as the Rickenbacker Causeway. When I run this stretch I like to park on the west end of Hobie Beach, which is the first available parking lot on the south side of the road after entering the toll plaza from the mainland. Parking is free, so you can take your sweet Miami time.

There are bathrooms and showers along the way, and half-decent public water fountains. Besides the runner’s high you’ll experience from the unobstructed views, the other reason this spot is so popular is our “Goliath.” Goliath is the “big bridge,” or more formally known as the William Powell bridge, that gives runner’s the highest elevation they can find in South Florida80 feet above sea level, to be exact.

It is about a 700 meter climb, so if you add a little bit to the ends you can do mile intervals. As you pass over the bridge you can continue heading east for several miles. I suggest you turn around where the sidewalk ends, which is near the Crandon Park Marina (about six miles in). If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, or if you would like to see some of the Magic City’s greener side, then make a left at the crosswalk slightly past the marina and take a curvy diversion on the Crandon Park Nature Trail. I look forward to this portion of the run; it’s tranquil and engulfed in a fully restored mangrove habitat. It is a bit quieter and lonelier than most trails, since most folks don’t even know it exists. At about 4.5 miles into your run, I would turn around and backtrack after you have taken a sip of water at the Majory Stoneman Biscayne Nature Center.

MAP: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/988067771

 

Downtown Miami Baywalk/Museum Park

I take this route often; it is one of Miami’s newest extensions of Baywalk, but frankly, it can get congested. You’ll find that many of Miami’s running paths can seem a bit disjointed. The good news is that this urban trail has recently been reconnected with relatively few street crossings.

On Tuesday nights, the Baptist Health Brickell Run Club and I start the run over with a loop around Brickell Key. Then as you come off the Brickell Key Bridge, you can hang a right, turning north, and stay along the Baywalk and take it all the way back up to Brickell Avenue over the Brickell Avenue bridge into Downtown.

Here things can get noisy, giving an authentic feel for our tropical city core. Stay on this path as it borders Biscayne Boulevard and passes Bayfront Park. After passing the Bayside Marketplace, you’ll cross over the port entrance and go beyond the American Airlines Arena, home of our World Champion Miami Heat. After the arena, you’ll enter Museum Park.

For fun, climb the steps to the museum for a Rocky movie moment. The view peers over the Government Cut Basin and Port of Miami. There are some bathrooms and water fountains at the park and at the museum, so take a sip before you head back the same way you came. To add some variety, you can weave around Bayfront Park to get some better views of Biscayne Bay and maybe catch a glimpse of a dolphin pod.

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/988091127

 

The Underline

Miami has an exciting trail, The Underline, that is currently being improved, but for now, it provides a 9-mile southward shot along US-1 from Brickell. I like running this route when I want shade because it is sits almost entirely under the Metrorail. Start at the Brickell Metrorail Station and follow it towards Coral Gables: Some of the locals dub this the “M-Path.”

The route lacks water fountains and bathrooms unless you enter the rail stations located every few miles. Once or twice a year, I take the trail all the way south to the Dadeland South Station, then hitch a ride back on the train.

MAP: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/988105605

 

Miami River Greenway

This short route can be taken from the Brickell City Center near EAST. From the hotel or the Brickell City Centre, begin by heading east on the Tamiami Trail (SE 8th Street) onto Brickell Avenue, then head north over the Brickell Avenue bridge. After the bridge, hang a right to pass the Epic Hotel. Make your first available right as soon as you pass the Epic Hotel driveway; it is a small, discrete sidewalk that runs parallel to the hotel’s entrance ramp. Once on the sidewalk, you’ll have to turn right and head westwards along the seawall. Be sure to take a second to enjoy the docked yachts.

This route currently allows runners to go uninterrupted all the way to the SW 2nd Avenue Bridge: This makes for a quick 2-mile route, though expanding the greenway is in the works.

MAP: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1279539169

 

citi bike miami brickell

Getting Around Brickell: Citi Bike Miami

 

Citi Bike Miami is a bike sharing network and rental system providing thousands of bikes to locals and tourists through Brickell, Downtown Miami, Edgewater, and Miami Beach. These bikes are available for use 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year. Potential riders can opt for hourly rentals or a monthly membership for unlimited 30-minute or hour-long rides.